When I was young I was never interested in photography, in fact I hated it. But as I grew older and got more into the arts I began establishing that 'photographer's eye' and grew to love photography. Photography is now my dream and deep passion, particularly landscape photography. Ever since I could remember, literally, I always loved our natural world; the moutains, the seas, the deserts ect...
I became interested in photography when I was 17. It all started when I went to visit my brother in Guam for my Spring Break back in April 2006. As I toured around the tiny island I became inspired to photograph the landscape. I bought my first camera in October, 2006 and entered my first art competition in December, 2006 where I won Honorable Mention for my photo 'Heaven's Gate'. Never in my life had I felt so confident that I finally found a hidden talent. After recieving that award I knew from then I was destined to become a photographer, I knew God always had a plan for me but never thought it would be photography. Over the next three and a half years I worked to increase my skills and knowledge of photography. I am primarily self-taught, but I have taken photo classes in high school and at a local university.
I am a landscape/nature photographer, but I do other styles like archetectur, abstract, pretty much anything but portraits, but my passion lies with landscape. I have always been fascinated with our worlds landscapes and what it holds. Ever since I was a young child I'd love to venture out into the woods in my backyard and explore. I would watch Discovery channel or National Geographic just to see what the world looked like and to learn about it. I would alsway, even to this day, look at the photos of the landscape in a book and pretend I was there. Fortunately that love and fascination has followed me into adulthood. Instead of venturing out into my backyard I now venture into the wild landscape across our nation and our world. I wish I could explain to you how much I love our landscapes and the nature that resides in our world, but I can't find words to explain it. All I can say is that you have to experience what I experience when alone in the wild, miles away from civilization. My mission as a photographer is to show you what see and how beautiful and fragile our natural world is.
Christopher Lugenbeal joined Fine Art America on February 6th, 2010.